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Crop growth at Cockle Park Farm – May 2019

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Currently low disease present and trial plots at growth stage 32. Biological applied twice due to low disease pressure with further applications planned going forward for general disease/crop health unless mildew or rust become an issue.

Crop growth images taken at Cockle Park farm this week:

Biological plots and IPM at Cockle Park farm (May 2019)

Conventional plots at Cockle Park farm (May 2019)

Crop growth at Cockle Park Farm – May 20192019-05-16T10:36:47+01:00

CropTec Show 2018

2021-06-09T11:03:24+01:00

Prof Rob Edwards and Dr Roma Gwynn were among the speakers at this year’s CropTec Show 2018. The event was held at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. Rob and Roma spoke to audience of 200 over the two day show. Their topic focussed on how biological products can help to strengthen a plants resistance to disease and pests as a result of the trials. In addition they focussed how much benefit do they provide; are they value for money and what about public perception? In conclusion, Rob and Roma shared two years of trial results comparing the effectiveness of synthetic and biological products on disease resistance, yield and quality for different wheat varieties.

You can see the presentation here: Biologicals for disease and pest control: a farmer-led case study

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Great Yorkshire Show – Will biocontrol’s work for arable farmers? 10th July 2018

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Dr Roma Gwynn, Biorationale and Prof Rob Edwards, University of Newcastle, led discussions at this year’s 160th Great Yorkshire Show, on whether biocontrol’s were the future for farmers, what was the perception of these bio-agents and would they would be cost effective for farmers to use. Discussions linked in the trials currently underway through Crop Health North.

To view the event E-Flyer, visit: Biocontrols E-Flyer

Group discussion with farmers.

 

 

Great Yorkshire Show – Will biocontrol’s work for arable farmers? 10th July 20182021-06-09T11:41:09+01:00

Demonstration day at Stockbridge Technology Centre, 7th June 2018

2021-06-09T11:45:08+01:00
The wheat trial is looking good. Septoria still not an issue. Just trying to keep a hold on yellow rust on the biological plots with another Serenade spray earlier this week.

Attendees included farmers, agronomists, representation from Bayer and a group from the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) in York.

 

Members of the operational group went to showcase the trials at the recent Stockbridge Technology Centre demonstration event, it was a great day for it!

 

Demonstration day at Stockbridge Technology Centre, 7th June 20182021-06-09T11:45:08+01:00

Crop Health North Conference, 23rd November 2017

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Crop Health North held a conference on Thursday 23rd November aimed to inspire farmers and agronomists to think differently about how biopesticides for wheat could have a role to play in the future.

The audience learnt why biopesticides have been used and what effect they have on the plant’s health. This was an opportunity to explore different methods of practice sharing ideas on how to develop the project further. Following the presentations explaining the spring wheat trail findings, the biological product that is being used and the trial design for next year’s winter wheat trials, the audience had an opportunity to participate in a round table discussion.

 

Themes included;

  • Can the project analysis conventional timings vs. optimum biological timings.
  • Can the project use spore capture technology to identify when spores land?
  • Can the project demonstrate financial viability?
  • Can the project access crop monitor farm data as a comparison?
  • Can the biological add value through nutrition uptake?
  • What is the perception of biologicals with farmers and the general public?

 

You can view the presentations here:

Crop Health North Overview by Prof Rob Edwards

IPM and Biopesticide use in Arable Crops by Dr Roma Gwynn

Trials Overview by Tom King

An Introduction to Bayer Biologicals by Tim Lacey

Tom talks through the spring wheat trials and plot designs for next year’s winter wheat.

 

You can view the E-Flyer here: Whats available for Broadacre

You can view the agenda of the conference here: Whats available for Broadacre_Agenda

Link to the right up in the Farmers Guardian here: Trials show biopesticide potential – News – Farmers Guardian (fginsight.com)

Crop Health North Conference, 23rd November 20172021-06-09T10:58:44+01:00

Spring Wheat Demonstration Day, 4th July 2017

2021-06-09T11:31:27+01:00
 It was a rather wet and drizzly day for our Spring Wheat Demonstration Day in the North East. The event took place on Tuesday 4th July near Morpeth and was open to all who were interested to learn about the progress of the trials.

Prof Rob Edwards chaired the discussions and we heard from Tom King, Eurofins, who is leading on the trial site analysis at Cockle Park and Nafferton Farms. The event was NRoSO registered for professional development.

 

Observations from the samples

The Mulika examples look a lot dirtier – you can see the yellowish leaves. Due to the brighter and drier weather conditions this year, there has not been a great amount of disease. It will be useful to see the yield of the grain and the protein content and to make a visual comparison with Stockbridge Technology Centre  based further south. These samples have not been counted and were for observation purposes only. This may not necessarily be a negative. The vision of the trial is to see how plants can increase their natural defences. A plant may have yellow septoria, however, could  be a stronger variety as a whole and better equipped to fight off disease.

1, Left to right: Mulika variety Conventional, Conventional/Biological ( Integrated Pest management, IPM), Biological

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2, Trial Site, Cockle Park Farm, Morpeth

Trial site a Cockle Park Farm

3, Trial site a Cockle Park Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trial Site at Cockle Park Farm

4, Trial Site at Cockle Park Far

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Summary Notes for Spring Wheat Demonstration Day

Yorkshire Agricultural Society press release

E-Flyer for event

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